Sepp Blatter has been voted in as FIFA president for a fourth term, despite growing controversy over the way the organisation is run.Blatter was elected unopposed at FIFA’s annual congress in Zurich on Wednesday, with his only rival for the post – Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam – out of the running after being suspended on Sunday.
FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has also been suspended, while questions have been raised on the way the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.
Of FIFA’s 208 member associations, 186 voted for the Swiss national in Wednesday’s ballot. Blatter has been in the position since 1998.
After securing the win, Blatter said he would work toward restoring faith in the beleaguered body.
“We will put FIFA’s ship back onto the right course in clear, transparent waters,” Blatter said.
“We will need some time but we shall do it. Our pyramid is strong because the foundation is strong.”
The vote went ahead despite calls to delay the poll from the English FA, who brought forward a motion to postpone the ballot until an investigation into FIFA’s recent woes had been completed and other candidates had time to prepare a challenge.
The FA’s proposal was rejected by 172 votes to 17 earlier on Wednesday.